Baskets of fun: Area Easter egg hunts highlight seasonal joy

Easter egg hunts in Columbus have been a tradition for generations, as seen in this photo of Valerie Slupski collecting her share at Donner Park during the 51st annual Community Easter Egg Hunt in 2010. This year, a park-sponsored hunt will move to the new NexusPark, while several area churches also plan events this weekend.

For a kid, maybe nothing is quite as sweet as a successful Easter egg hunt, whether those eggs are filled with candy or trinkets.

We know that hunting for eggs is more important than taking too much time merely to find an Easter egg hunt near you.

So here’s a list of the ones we’re aware of yet to unfold in the Columbus area.

One of the larger gatherings is one organized by the local Emma Grace Foundation and featuring some 20,000 eggs filled with tickets for candy, toys and other prizes and hidden on the Central Middle School football field at 725 Seventh St. in downtown Columbus. The foundation supports a wide range of children’s causes in memory of Emma Grace Sweet, who died at age 2 in 2021.

“I am super exited for this event,” said mom Linsey Sweet, saying organizers expect about 400 children to attend. “… We went big this year and even had to find a bigger location (than last year).

“It’s all for the kids of the community. Those big smiles are what make it all count and worth it.”

Two “golden eggs” per age group will hold what Sweet called special prizes.

The list:

  • Emma Grace Foundation Easter egg hunt: Noon today at the Central Middle School football field, 725 Seventh St. in downtown Columbus. 20,000 eggs.
  • WCSI Radio and Columbus Parks and Recreation Easter egg hunt: 10 a.m. today for the general public and 11 a.m. for youngsters with mobility or sensory or other issues at Circle K Fieldhouse at Nexus Park, 2224 25th St. in Columbus. This is one of the area’s largest such events for years, both in terms of number of eggs and numbers of youngsters for the two categories.
  • VFW Post No. 1987 Easter egg hunt: 11 a.m. today 215 N. National Road in Columbus. This year, age groups will be 3 and younger, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. One lucky winner from each age group will win an Easter basket filled with goodies.
  • Columbus Power Elite Easter egg hunt: 4 p.m. today, 3655 N. National Road, Columbus. Separated by age groups, with raffle prizes such as bikes, scooters and custom Easter baskets, according to organizers. The Easter Bunny will make an appearance.
  • Asbury United Methodist Church Easter egg hunt: Easter breakfast at 9 a.m. and hunt at 10 a.m. Sunday at 1751 27th St., Columbus. Information:
  • First Baptist Church Easter egg hunt: 10 a.m. today, 3300 Fairlawn Drive in Columbus. Information:
  • First Church of the Nazarene Easter egg hunt: 9 a.m. today, 1245 McClure Road, Columbus, where a pancake breakfast also is being held.
  • First Presbyterian Church Easter egg hunt: 10:30 a.m. Sunday, 512 Seventh St., Columbus, following a traditional Easter brunch at the church at 10 a.m.
  • Grace Lutheran Church: 10 a.m. Saturday, 3201 Central Avenue, Columbus, following a 9 a.m. Easter breakfast at the church.
  • No Bunny Loves You Like Jesus Easter egg hunt: 1 to 3 p.m. today, Central Heights Church of God, 3151 Sharon Lane in Columbus.